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Nicki’s Got ‘The Pinkprint’ To Create An Empire

The thing I like most about Nicki Minaj (besides her wildly colorful talent) is that at heart she is a straight-up business woman. She doesn’t want just a “Moment for Life”. She wants a legacy. She wants an empire. To that end, she is taking on the mostly male world of hip-hop and following in the footsteps of its resident king, Jay Z, to build a business (woman) and become […]


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Kendrick Lamar Freestyles Over Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’

Taylor Swift is not the only star who can “Shake It Off”. T-Sweezy fans and hip-hop fans alike will rejoice to know that Kendrick Lamar covered Taylor’s song with his own swingin’ freestyle. And what’s even better? Taylor clapped back. First Kendrick stopped by K104′s “Dede In The Morning Show” in Dallas to express his two thumbs up for Taylor’s hit. They heard him say on a previous radio show, […]


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Meet Missy Elliot’s New Protégé, Sharaya J

Sharaya J is a hard one to miss. The diva with the blue hair and bluer lipstick is the latest artist signed to Missy Elliot’s label, The Goldmind Inc, releasing the singles “BANJI” and “Smash Up the Place / Snatch Yo Wigs.” Speaking of wigs, it was actually Sharaya’s hair that caught Missy Elliott’s attention. As Elliot told Jet Magazine, they were introduced at a party where Sharaya was dancing […]


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Drake Drops New Tracks from Upcoming ‘Views From The 6′

Probably the best line is, “All the school kids are so sick of books and learning / They don’t read anymore… They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand / N**gaz we don’t need anymore”. How Drake managed to pull off a boast about his own relevancy, a diss to all the irrelevant rappers, and a plea for children to stay in school is beyond […]


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The ‘Incomparable’ Faith Evans Keeps the Faith

Faith Evans is about to release her 6th album, Incomparable, in late November, and we must say it is exciting to hear once again from the diva! Y’all remember Faith? Oh, who could forget the legendary songstress and widow? Her story reads like something out of a film noir itself. It was 1994. The stage was set for perhaps the greatest love triangle in hip-hop mythical lore. Soon-to-be rap legend The […]


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Jaden Smith Challenges the Rap Game, Seeks Autonomy

“Dear Everybody Who Can Rap Better Than Me. Please Show Me,” reads Jaden Smith’s tweet on October 17. “Cause I Got 2 Or 3 Albums In Stock Ready”. Well, okay then. Looks like Mr. Smith Jr. is stepping out of Big Willie’s sizable shadow to establish his own cred as a rapper. Whether the tweet is a clever marketing ploy or a legitimate challenge, it accomplishes what it needs to, bringing attention […]


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Swagga Like Us: A Flashback

And now for a flashback. Today, we look into the annals of time to remember one of the greatest live performances in hip-hop history. I’m talking the 2009 51st Grammy Award performance of the hit single “Swagga Like Us”. T.I. Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and the jiggaman himself, Jay Z, took the stage like a modern-day rat pack (or as Queen Latifah introduced them, a “rap pack”) and showed the world […]


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Word to Lil Debbie: How To Bake A Come-Up

She sprung from White Girl Mob with two other white female rappers Kreayshawn and V-Nasty. You can see her bobbing her head next to Kreayshawn in the viral hit, “Gucci Gucci”. Having split with them, she went on to make a series of viral videos that semi-launched her career; “Michelle Obama,” “SQUIRT,” “Gotta Ball,” “I Do It” and “Bake a Cake”. Two EPs later, Queen D and California Sweetheart, this […]


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T.D. Jakes vs. Jeezy and Kendrick Lamar

Well, here’s an unlikely rap battle beef. Megachurch leader and televangelist T.D. Jakes, 57, is threatening to sue mega rappers Kendrick Lamar, 27, and Young Jeezy, 37, over the unauthorized sampling of his sermon in Jeezy’s remixed song, “Holy Ghost (Remix).” The duo allegedly sampled Minister Jake’s sermon, “Don’t Let the Chatter Stop You” without his express authorization. A post on the Facebook page of Jakes’ Dallas-based ministry spells it […]


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Kid Rappers Who Are Taking Over the World

Kid rappers are so cute. And smart. And their names usually begin with “Lil’”. Consider Lil’ Bow Wow, who released his first album, Beware of the Dog, at the tender age of 13, led by the hit single “Bounce with Me.” (Remember that?) Under the guidance of Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg, that album went double Platinum. Not bad for a kid who couldn’t even drive. Ever since those days, […]


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Openly Gay Rapper Fly Young Red Takes On Hip-Hop

Founded on a hyper-masculine culture of predominantly straight black males, hip-hop is probably the most homophobic among the many different musical art forms. “Gay” and “hip-hop” are simply two words that don’t co-exist in the same sentence. Until now. While there have been straight rappers in support of gays (Macklemore, Kanye West), and other openly gay rappers who have burst onto the scene (vogue rapper Le1f, drag queen rapper Mykki […]


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Lecrae “Anomaly” – Album Review

Reach Records (2014)

Okay, guilty as charged. I had never heard of the superbly talented spit-fire Christian rapper Lecrae, but after listening to his album, I wonder how I missed this boat (being a Christian and all!). Well, wait, I know how. Some “Christian rappers” fall into the category of powerful content but not so powerful delivery, so I usually write them off. But Lecrae has shattered my (ahem, judgmental) stereotypes with his […]



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Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora Climb Charts With “Black Widow”

I haven’t heard too many spider-inspired hip-hop songs (like ever), but Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” has definitely crawled into our web-o-verse and is here to stay. The ladies replicate a venomous spider in the song, seeking revenge on a lover who has lost interest. “You should’ve known better / Than to mess with me, honey / I’m gonna love ya / Like a black widow, baby!” sings […]


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J.Lo, Iggy Get a Big “Booty” In Sexy New Remix (Listen)

As if in response to Nicki Minaj’s massive “Anaconda” booty attack dominating MTV’s Video Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez (who once had the most famous derriere in the world) and Iggy Azalea have released their own big bums in a fun remix of “Booty”. “Big big booty, what you got a big booty.” This feels like a batter-up dare to all the ladies currently tossing their lobes on stage – yes, that […]


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